Category Archives: General

Public Procurement in Switzerland – Tenders documents are not always perfect

M. Strobel, Attorney The “race to the new fighter jet” for the Swiss Air Force has started. Potential bidder have already hired offices in Berne. Politics is alerted and politicians have risen their fingers and request a professional and in … Continue reading

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FIDIC, ORGALIME, ABA99, MF/1, SIA and other General Conditions for the Construction Industry

M. Strobel, Attorney As mentioned in the last article there exists a considerable variety of standardized General Conditions for the Construction Industry. On international level the FIDIC conditions are the mostly used and best known such conditions. In Scandinavia the … Continue reading

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Minimum Contract Standards

M. Strobel, Attorney In the plant construction industry a lot of standard contracts are available: SIA, ORGLIME, FIDIC, and others. Quite often customers propose to use their own “Special” or “General Conditions” and to apply those standard contracts complementary. This … Continue reading

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Establishing a Company in Switzerland

M. Strobel, Attorney Establishing a new company in Switzerland is as such quite easy. However, practical life often looks different. Assuming that the question whether a GmbH (limited liability company) or an AG (stock corporation) or any other possible legal … Continue reading

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Public Procurement Procedure in Switzerland

M. Strobel, Attorney In the course of the last few years the Swiss authorities have started to apply the rules and regulations on public procurement in an even more stringent way. Jurisprudence has also become more consistent. Some issues which … Continue reading

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Matrimonial Property Regime in Switzerland

M. Strobel, Attorney Experience shows that a lot of expatriate managers and other foreign employees make mistakes when their marriages end, because they do not know well enough – or not at all – the Swiss matrimonial property regime and … Continue reading

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Driving under the influence (DUI)

Stefanie Rohr, MLaw Lawyer Driving under influence (DUI) also known as drunk driving is when a perpetrator drives a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs including those prescribed by physicians, to a level that renders a driver … Continue reading

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Swiss employment law: Fired on sick leave?

by Stefanie Rohr Lawyer The Swiss Code of Obligations (OR) regulates when an employer can fire or lay off an employee. Art. 336c OR states that an employee may not be fired after his probationary period (a) for four weeks … Continue reading

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Indirect and consequential loss clauses under Swiss Law

Martin Strobel, Lawyer More and more contracts under Swiss law are written in English since international business grows. The difficulty with drafting such contracts is to using terms for Swiss law concepts, which originate from common law notions. The use … Continue reading

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